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Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

A musical performance by Grammy-nominated folk-rock children’s music group Trout Fishing in America will be held Wednesday, April 10 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center, third floor ballrooms. Held in conjunction with the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, this event is free and open to the public and children of all ages are welcome. 

The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society (GRITS) and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop that focused on Weigh-in-Motion technology and Interagency Coordination. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer.

Dr. Ray G Newman, chair of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Community Health Sciences, has received the Founders Medal of Honor Award for continued hard work and dedication to the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ladell Kraft, speech language pathologist and Sarah Case-Price, speech language pathologist and assistant director, of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development of The University of Southern Mississippi were selected as presenters at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference (MSHA) in Jackson on March 25- 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a workshop and poetry readings on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Tina McDyess hopes to build a strong foundation in molecular genetics as a participant in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute June 3-28 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists.

 

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major. Southern Miss accounts for two of the four Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year to students in Mississippi.

The Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host Family Fun Day Sunday, April 14 from 1-5 p.m. in celebration of National Week of the Young Child. Admission is $5 for children and free for adults with proceeds to benefit the Center's playground.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection Book Group at The University of Southern Mississippi will meet Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Month. The meeting will be held in the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library, located between the library administration office and the School of Library and Information Science.

Outstanding students in all of the academic areas of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health were recognized at an awards event on Tuesday, April 2, in the Thad Cochran Center.

University of Southern Mississippi social work students enrolled in a required field experience class gained invaluable experience following the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Pine Belt in a disaster case management initiative facilitated by the American Red Cross.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Nicki Elizabeth Relan, a University of Southern Mississippi senior nursing major, is following a career path she set in motion many years ago as a kindergarten student in Diamondhead, Miss.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi paid tribute to distinguished faculty members and students during its annual Honors Banquet held Tuesday, March 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Bret Becton received the Joseph A. Greene Teaching Award, while Dr. Fujun Lai took home the Louis K. Brandt Publication Award. Other award winners from each department include the following:

Accounting:

Becker CPA Review 50 % Scholarship – Aaron Thomas

Beta Alpha Psi Award – Katie Carona

With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.

Dr. Marie Danforth, a professor of anthropology at The University of Southern Mississippi and one of the country’s leading bioarchaelogists, was recently awarded the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Humanities Scholar Award. 

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Emory University professor Dr. Thomas Rogers for his lecture “The Nature of Labor: Work and the Agro-Environment of Sugarcane Brazil” Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. This event is free and open to the public.

Cook Library at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg is hosting the exhibit 'The Holmes County Civil Rights Movement, 1964-1969" in the library's lobby through March 28.

The exhibit chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in Holmes County, Miss. during the 1960s. Exhibit materials were donated by Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner, who experienced the events of the civil rights movement firsthand. She and her husband, Henry, worked with local civil rights leaders to encourage, support and educate African-Americans of the county in their struggle for equality and voting rights.

Pictured are Sojourner, left, along with Robert Clark, the first African-American elected to the Mississippi Legislature since Reconstruction. Sojourner worked in Clark's campaign in 1967, and both were on the Hattiesburg campus March 19 to view the exhibit, with Sojourner giving a talk March 18 about her experiences. Along with Cheryl Reitan, Sojourner co-authored the book Thunder of Freedom, a memoir of her experiences during that era. For more information about the exhibit, contact Jessica Clark at j.m.clark@usm.edu. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

What started as a foggy February morning at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is now a lasting image made into a mural representing the scenic photography of noted Biloxi Sun Herald photographer and Southern Miss alumnus, Tim Isbell.

 

Inspiration and beauty is what Isbell hopes students, faculty and staff gain from seeing the foggy oaks image as they walk to and from class. “I hope the mural at the Gulf Park campus gives people a sense of the beauty of the campus and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said.

Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium for the last time in his 25th season with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra when he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Thursday, March 28 at Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Les Wallace was the guest speaker during a luncheon hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Thursday at the Trent Lott Center. A noted expert on leadership, Wallace is president of Signature Resources Inc., an international leadership firm based in Colorado. His presentation was titled "21st Century Leadership: Thinking Differently." He is co- author of the book A Legacy of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Creating a Climate of Leadership Throughout Your Organization. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)